While there is a wide selection of vegan protein bars on the market, only a few are of high quality. Many contain too much added sugar, artificial additives and poor quality protein sources.
Most vegan protein bars are made with soy protein, a cheap and highly processed plant-based protein. Over 90% of soybeans grown in the US is genetically modified (GM) to be tolerant to glyphosate, the chemical used in the popular weed killer, Roundup. This has led to the overuse of Roundup, development of glyphosate resistant superweeds and high residue levels of glyphosate in GM soy crops. Glyphosate residues have been detected in both humans and animals, and Roundup has been found to be hazardous to human health.
After evaluating several dozens brands for their ingredients and macronutrient profile, here are the top 3 vegan protein bars…
1. Rise Bar
One word to describe Rise bars: SIMPLE!
3-5 ingredients in Rise protein bars, providing a whooping 15-20g of protein! There are 2 vegan protein bars:
- Lemon Cashew
4 ingredients: cashews, coconut nectar, pea protein and lemon extract
- Sunflower Cinnamon
5 ingredients: Sunflower butter, coconut nectar, pea protein, cinnamon and vanilla extract
The high quality pea protein delivers 15g of protein that is entirely plant based while cashews or sunflower seeds round out the amino acid profile in the bars, giving complete protein profiles without dairy or animal products.
ZERO: GMOs, soy, dairy, peanuts, gluten, refined sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives.
Since Rise vegan protein bars are free from many allergens, they are appealing to those with several food sensitivities or special dietary needs.
Summary of Nutrition Facts:
Each bar = 60g
Calories = 260-280
Total carb = 21-23g (Fiber 1-2g, Sugar 12g)
Protein = 15g
Fat = 13-15g
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2. Raw Rev Glo Bar
Raw Rev Glo is a new line of vegan protein bars from Raw Revolution.
These bars are made with raw and organic ingredients, like nuts and seeds. They provide 10-15g of easily digestible plant based proteins derived from organic brown rice, organic hemp and pea. In addition, they contain organic chia, almonds and organic flax seeds that are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals.
Raw Rev Glo bars come in 3 flavours:
mixed nuts, caramel & sea salt*
peanut butter, dark chocolate & sea salt*
creamy peanut butter & sea salt
* Organic chocolate chips contain non-GMO soy lecithin. While no dairy is used to make the chocolate chips, they are manufactured in a plant that also handles dairy.
ZERO: GMOs, dairy, gluten, sugar alcohols, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives.
Summary of Nutrition Facts:
(depending on flavour)
Each bar = 46g
Calories = 180-190
Total carb = 17-20g (Fiber 10-14g, Sugar 2-5g)
Protein = 10-15g
Fat = 11-12g
Raw Rev Glo bars have great macronutrient ratios. They are high in fiber and protein, with most carbs consisting of fiber. They are also remarkably low in sugar, with as little as 2g in the creamy peanut butter & sea salt bars.
3. No Cow Bar
This is a vegan, but much healthier, alternative to Quest bar (due to their similar macro profiles).
No Cow bars have 20-21g of plant protein – organic brown rice protein + pea protein – and are high in fiber from isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO). They contain no added sugar but are sweetened with monk fruit, stevia and erythritol.
ZERO: dairy, soy, gluten, GMOs, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives.
Summary of Nutrition Facts (depending on flavour)
Serving size: 1 bar (60g)
Total Carb: 25-27g
-Dietary Fiber 19-20g
-Sugar alcohol 3-4g
Total Fat 4-5g
-Saturated Fat 1.5-2g
Where To Buy No Cow Bars